An Earthquake in Japan triggered a Tsunami of 10 meters height after an 8.9-magnitude temblor that shook buildings across Tokyo. According to the latest reports 32 persons died and the waves sweeped away buildings and vehicles as far as 1.5 kilometers inland. Airports were closed and bullet train services suspended. More than 4 million homes are without power, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

This is the world’s strongest earthquake in more than six years. It struck the coast of Sendai, north of Tokyo, at a depth of 24 kilometers. The Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea were among more than 20 countries bracing for a possible tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Japan Airlines Corp. diverted 22 flights to other airports. Narita airport is closed for runway inspections.

About 13,800 passengers were stranded because of the shutdown. Tokyo’s Haneda airport, Asia’s second-busiest by passengers, resumed flights, the transport ministry said.

China Southern Airlines Co., the nation’s largest carrier, canceled four Tokyo flights for tomorrow and halted ticket sales for services on March 13, it said in an e-mailed statement. Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) may cancel a Sydney-Tokyo service later today, said Thomas Woodward, a spokesman.

Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, is operating normally after the quake, said spokesman Naoya Tani.

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